antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help
block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase
HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function.
Are All Teas Equally Good for the Body?
This is a question researchers are still squabbling
over. Does green tea have more antioxidants than
black tea? Should I drink instant tea or loose leaf tea
for better health benefits? Is hot tea better than iced
tea? Here’s what it comes down to:
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Higher quality teas may have more catechin anti-
oxidants than lower quality teas.
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White tea has more antioxidants than any other tea.
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Green tea has more catechin antioxidants than
black tea since black tea goes through more
processing.
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Unfermented rooibos tea has more polyphenol
antioxidants than fermented rooibos.
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Freshly brewed teas have more polyphenol anti-
oxidants than instant or bottled teas.
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More researchers seem to agree that brewed (cold
or hot) or caffeinated tea has more antioxidants
than instant teas.
How to Brew a Better Cup
In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is
three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five
minutes to bring out its catechins. Tea can impede the
absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, but add-
ing lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will
counteract this problem.
Anyone can boil water and make tea. However, there
is more to making a truly savory cup of tea, which
requires the following:
1. Use the best quality tea leaves.
2. Use a teapot, not a microwave! Once water is boil-
ing, take off the heat and place one teabag for
each cup in the pot. Use five teabags for about 30
fl. oz. of water.
3. Allow tea to steep without stirring for three to five
minutes, depending on the strength you prefer.
4. After steeping, remove teabags without squeezing
them.
5. Pour hot tea in a cup and enjoy!!! There is a world
of difference in the true flavor of fine tea if it is
prepared correctly.
Amaretto Alcohol free Tea
Ingredients
Hot Tea
6oz.
Amaretto
2oz.
Whipped Cream Chilled
Pour hot tea into a pousse-café glass, using a spoon
in the glass to prevent from cracking. Add Amaretto,
but do not stir. Finally, top with chilled whipped cream
and serve.
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IFANCA Certified Tea Companies:
China Mist Tea Company, USA
International Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, USA
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